As a brand ambassador and blogger, I often get to experiment with products in new and creative ways. Such was the case when I was asked to work with the Gerber Products Company recently in their #CookingWithGerber campaign. While Gerber is a household name when it comes to baby foods, did you know that you can incorporate many of their food products in family-oriented recipes as well? And what is especially nice is that you can adapt many of these ideas for your toddler while also feeding the rest of your crew. That’s a win-win in my book.
I’ve enjoyed cooking with baby food for the #CookingWithGerber campaign. It works great as a binder in dishes such as Baby Lovin’ Turkey Meatballs; you can use it to thicken stews and soups. I often use the purees instead of oils when baking or as I did in the frozen yogurt. And it makes super smoothies that both you and your toddler will enjoy. There aren’t any added sugars or unpronounceable ingredients which I really like.
If you are traveling or camping this summer, take along some of the fruits or yogurt blends. They are shelf stable, needing no refrigeration and they’re healthy to boot! They also make great additions to school lunch boxes when you start packing those again in the fall.
Baby foods — they’re not just for babies anymore.
If you want to explore additional ideas for dishes for your little ones take a look at the Gerber® website. You can also do a search using #CookingWithGerber for a number of ideas using these products in new, delicious ways.
PEACH FROZEN YOGURT
With the summer ice cream season upon us, you will definitely want to add this Peach Frozen Yogurt to your list of ideas to try. Of course, you don’t have to just save it for summer since you can find these ingredients year round at Walmart or your local supermarket.
• 3 cups whole milk Greek yogurt, strained*
• 2 3.5-ounce containers Gerber® peach yogurt blends
• 1 4-ounce container Gerber® 2nd foods peaches
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 1 1/4 cups finely cubed fresh or frozen peaches, optional
*Using whole milk regular yogurt will give a creamier product. We like the tang of the Greek yogurt, but it does create a firmer product that freezes quite hard. Allow it to soften at room temperature before serving.
Homemade frozen yogurts or ice creams need to be eaten within a day or two of making them since they do not have the stabilizers commercial products do.
BABY LOVIN’ TURKEY MEATBALLS
Not only are these delicious to eat as is, use them on skewers as appetizers or to top a grilled pizza.
• 1/3 cup finely minced onion
• 1/3 cup finely minced celery
• 1/3 cup finely minced bell pepper
• 1 pound lean ground turkey
• 1 pound mild Italian sausage
• 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons GERBER® MultiGrain Cereal
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
• 1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano (or 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh oregano)
• 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil (or 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh basil)
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, optional
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 8-ounces tomato sauce
• 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
• 2 teaspoons crushed Italian seasoning
• 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 1 container (3.5 ounces) 2nd Foods® Squash (or Mixed Vegetables)
• Fresh basil
• Salt and pepper to taste
APPLE-ZUCCHINI OATMEAL BREAKFAST MUFFINS
A healthy and delicious way to start your day.
• 1 cup Gerber™ Single Grain Oatmeal Cereal
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 6 teaspoons butter, melted and cooled
• 2 containers Gerber™ Graduates Apple Zucchini Yogurt Blends
• 2 containers Gerber™Apples
• 1 egg, slightly beaten
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 cup peeled and minced apples, optional
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts, optional
• 1/2 cup Gerber™ Single Grain Oatmeal Cereal
• 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
• 4 Tablespoons butter at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted sliced almonds, optional
SWEET AND SAVORY STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM OATMEAL CREPES
This dessert from my friend Mel Lockcuff of Adventures of Mel, is so creative and delicious to boot!
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ½ cup Gerber® Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain (or Banana Strawberry Lil’Bits Oatmeal Cereal)
• ¾ tsp. salt
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup milk
• 2 tbsp. butter, melted
• ⅓ cup strawberries, washed and crushed
• Extra strawberries for garnish
• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
• ¾ cup powdered sugar
• ½ Tablespoon milk
• ¾ cup strawberries, washed and chopped
OATMEAL PEACH DROP BISCUITS
If you love peaches like my family does, you and your kiddos will really enjoy these soft Oatmeal Peach Drop Biscuits from Heather Disarro of Heather’s Dish.
Makes about 30 small biscuits or 12 large ones.
• 1 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ tsp. baking powder
• 1 cup Gerber® oatmeal cereal
• 2 egg yolks
• ½ cup honey OR maple syrup
• ½ cup Gerber® 2nd foods peaches (Your could also substitute pumpkin or apple-zucchini blend)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
RAVIOLI WITH PUMPKIN AND SAGE CREAM SAUCE and BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH SMOKED SAUSAGE, NAVY BEANS AND PASTA — both of these recipes are coming soon to DiningWithDebbie.